Latest Hawaii State Legislature News

Hawaii Senate panel hears testimony on appeals court nominee

Jul. 27, 2021 22:46 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday heard testimony on the nomination of Daniel Gluck, the executive director of the Hawaii Ethics Commission, to serve on the Intermediate Court of Appeals. Critics have questioned Gov. David Ige’s choice...

Maui seeks to quickly implement new tax on tourists

Jul. 09, 2021 14:31 PM EDT

KAHULUI, Hawaii (AP) — Officials on Maui are moving quickly to implement a new tax on tourists. The move comes after state lawmakers overrode a veto by Hawaii Gov. David Ige this week. Hawaii lawmakers overrode Ige’s veto of a bill that...

Hawaii lawmakers amend bills in response to governor request

Jul. 08, 2021 22:41 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers on Thursday passed amendments to several bills as requested by Gov. David Ige, including one that uses general funds to repay debt instead of federal COVID-19 relief funds. Democratic Rep. Sylvia Luke, the chair of the House Finance...

Hawaii lawmakers override Ige's veto of tourism funding bill

Jul. 06, 2021 23:25 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers Tuesday overrode Gov. David Ige's veto of a bill that overhauls how the state funds the Hawaii Tourism Authority and allocates tourism tax revenue to the counties. The bill would stop funding the tourism agency with money raised by the...

Hawaii governor appoints DeCoite to empty Senate seat

Jun. 17, 2021 21:59 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige on Thursday appointed state Rep. Lynn DeCoite to fill the Senate seat left vacant by the retirement of former Sen. Kalani English. DeCoite currently represents Molokai, Lanai and Hana in the state House. In the Senate, she will...

Hawaii panel forecasts more tax revenue this fiscal year

May. 25, 2021 23:20 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's Council on Revenues on Tuesday sharply increased its tax revenue forecast for the state to reflect rebounding spending by residents and a growing number of tourists visiting the islands more than a year after the coronavirus pandemic first hit the state. ...

Committee questions Navy spill of jet fuel near Pearl Harbor

May. 21, 2021 15:36 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Navy says a jet fuel spill at its Red Hill fuel farm on Oahu caused no environmental damage and didn't pose a risk to the area's drinking water, but a committee established by the Hawaii Legislature still has questions. Navy Capt. Gordie Meyer,...

Hawaii House announces names of Mauna Kea working group

May. 10, 2021 22:14 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — House Speaker Scott Saiki on Monday announced the members of a working group that's been asked in a House resolution to develop recommendations for how to manage Mauna Kea — the Big Island mountain that's seen conflict over the construction and operation of some of the...

Hawaii lawmakers finish session after huge federal aid boost

Apr. 29, 2021 23:06 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's lawmakers on Thursday wrapped up a legislative session marked by a generous influx of federal aid that helped the islands weather a pandemic that threw tens of thousands of people out of work and upended the state’s tourism-dependent economy. ...